©2003 Bryan Burrough and John Helyar; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers
"A superlative book...steadily builds suspense until the very end." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
The book has lost a lot in transcription, the original is far too heavily abridged. It is too linear, and has lost a lot of its journalistic depth. The book itself, however, is an absolute must.
I have read the full book at least three times. This was a good abridgment but not perfect. The personalities never really got developed completely and the stories that really demonstrated Ross Johnson's extravagance (the dog at the golf tournament) didn't make the cut. If you have read the book you will enjoy this version.
It's only 3 hours long and the narration (done by the authors) is poor at best.
I am surprise to find out that the audiobook was a cut-down version from the original book. No wonder it is only 3 hour long. I am abit disappointed..
Good book, decently read, but the fact that the audio version is heavily abridged is unfortunate. Many of the more complex technicalities of the deal are left unexplained in this truncated version.
Interesting story. Seemed to be well researched and it narrated many behind the scenes activities. Was somewhat brief--a shorter book than I expected at just over three hours for the audio edition from audible.com. The epilogue, of what took place after the buyout , would have been interesting had it gone into a lot more detail then the 4 minutes allocated to it, and would have been a good way to flesh out the story some more. If more couldn't be found to write about this deal, more discussion on the rise and fall of LBOs in general would have been welcome. There was only passing mention of the junk bond rage of the 80s. More on that would have been a good way to flesh out this book also. That being said, I just realized this was an abridged version. If an unabridged version ever comes out, I will get it.
The narration was clear, but might have been a little more emotional and animated, especially in the beginning. Towards the climax, the narration seemed more animated to good effect--either that or I had gotten used to and warmed up to the narrator's intonation.
Give the characters more depth, more color. If they are nothing more than names they will be hard to keep straight.
Someone who reads a bit slower. The presentation is too rushed, both the writing and the reading.
Yes, it's a good story but poor story-telling.
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